Here’s a new business that I’m really excited about – Vancouver’s Zero Waste Market. The idea is a grocery store that completely avoids packaging. You have to bring your own containers and fill them from their bulk bins.
They don’t have a store front yet (they said they’re considering locations in Kitsilano, Olympic Village, and Main). In the meantime, they’ve been operating monthly pop-up shops in the Patagonia store on 4th Avenue and advertising on it Facebook.
I didn’t know what to expect, so I grabbed a bunch of empty jars from our cupboards and a few cloth bags.
I was able to fill them with quinoa, dried mango, dried pineapple, walnuts, chocolate, cranberries, hemp seeds, mushrooms, and a red onion.
Most of the waste we generate at home is food packaging. If we were able to eliminate that, we would be close to a zero-waste family.
August 27th is Crazy Sustainable Commute Day in Vancouver. You’re encouraged to get to work by the wackiest sustainable method you can think of. Some suggestions are taking a canoe, pogo-stick, horse, unicycle, stilts, etc.
The video is hilarious, and a must watch for anyone working at Business Objects/SAP. I still haven’t decided how I’ll commute that day.